ISBN 9789956553457
Pages 64
Dimensions 203x127 mm
Published 2024
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Lover Brine

by Rosabelle Boswell

Some claim that love is an emotion that is wholly human. It is an emotion that is shared between human beings. In this anthology I propose some variations, the idea of love between humans and nature, the nature of that love and the complexities that arise from such love, since we, as thinking humans, presume to know how love might unfold and how it should be expressed. The poems suggest that, in nature and for the ocean in particular, there are other forms of loving. The anthology offers imaginings of love between humans and the sea, as well as imaginings of love between the sea and elements such as the sand, the shore and stars. I suggest novel reciprocities and imaginary responses from nature that exceed our human expectations of love.

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About the Author

Rosabelle Boswell

Rosabelle Boswell is an anthropologist and Professor of Ocean Cultures and Heritage at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She is also a member of the UK GCRF Project the One Ocean Hub. She is author of Le Malaise Creole: Ethnic Identity in Mauritius (Oxford: Berghahn), Representing Heritage in Zanzibar and Madagascar (Addis Ababa: Eclipse); Challenges to Identifying and Managing Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mauritius, Zanzibar and Seychelles (Dakar: Codesria) and Postcolonial African Anthropologies (coedited with F. Nyamnjoh Pretoria: HSRC Press). She has also authored many articles on cultural identity and has done ethnographic fieldwork in South Africa, Mauritius, Zanzibar and Madagascar.  In 2010, she served as a research team leader for the Mauritius Truth and Justice Commission, examining the legacies of slavery. From 2015-2019 she served as Executive Dean of Arts at Nelson Mandela University.